The City of Norman encourages residents to participate in one of two public meetings to play an integral role in the strategic planning process to end homelessness in the City of Norman and Cleveland County.
To address the growing needs of our families, our neighbors, and our broader community, the City of Norman evaluated the current system, identified the needs and gaps within the system, and to developed recommendations to improve our approach to homelessness. With the help of Homebase, a nonprofit technical assistance provider, they developed a Homelessness Gaps Analysis, which is available for review. Click here for the Gaps Analysis Report.
The Gaps Analysis identified seven priority areas:
- Opportunities for Safe and Affordable Housing
- Low-Barrier Housing and Day Services
- Supportive Services
- Transportation to Employment, Services, and Shelter
- Coordinated Prevention Assistance
- Robust Data Collection and Analysis
- Coordination and Communication to Ensure Effective Use of Limited Resources
The Gaps Analysis also included more than 40 potential recommendations. The City of Norman is seeking public input to help prioritize the recommendations and get support for moving forward.
There are two ways to provide your feedback after reading the report.
Community Feedback Survey: To complete the 15 minute feedback survey, click here. It will be available through December 31, 2021.
Community Meetings: The city is hosting two identical Community Meetings. Both meetings will be held on December 6, 2021. The first Community Meeting will be held December 6, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The second Community Meeting will be held December 6, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the Central Library (Upstairs Large Meeting Room) 103 W Acres St, Norman, OK.
The Community Meetings will be interactive discussions, where residents are invited to share concerns, challenges, opportunities and aspirations for the City and share options about how to prioritize the recommendations list.
To register for the Community Meetings, click here.
For more information about the Gaps Analysis Report, Survey, or Community Meetings, contact the City of Norman at Homeless.Strategy@normanok.gov.